These are one of the most asked questions that we came across and we were thinking to post them here to share our thoughts about them. Of course we cannot cover them all and we encourage to write us if you have more or unanswered questions.
I have a brick fireplace in my home that I do not like – can this be converted to stone?
Answer: In most situations, we can replace the brick with a more attractive natural stone or stone veneer.
I consider the outside of my home to be an extension of the inside. I spent years decorating the inside of my home to achieve the look I was after. How can I be assured that the same degree of care and attention will be given to the outside?
Answer: We only work to the highest standards. Anything less we won’t do it. With the quality bar set so high, we can 100% assure you that the quality of our work will exceed your expectations. This is why we have a small, dedicated crew with the same vision in mind and were the quality control can be controlled.
Can you look at a picture from a Pinterest image and match the design?
Answer: Yes, in most cases we can. The only issue might be the availability of stone, which can change yearly or our distributors doesn’t have it at all. Luckily, we have long-standing relationships with many stone suppliers throughout GTA and we might resource the stone for you.
Will weeds grow between the stones of my walkway or patio?
Answer: Weeds will not grow up from under the stones; however, some superficial growth could occur due to pollination, birds, etc. Will be easily prevented by an application of weed killer early in the season.
Answer: One of the most asked question is the timing, how soon and when it’s a proper time to start an outside stone project. Best timing is between spring and fall, winter might jeopardize the quality of the mortar if it’s not inside, and a projects could take up to two three month from the time when the proposal was accepted, stone will need to be resourced, might need to be imported, prepare the job site, assure the surroundings and take all the safety measures.
What kind of different stone/brick do you work with?
Answer: We work with every type of stone or brick.
What is your opinion on the man-made stone that is so commonly used as a veneer these days? Do you think it will hold up like the naturally made materials?
Answer: Nothing wrong with prefab veneer if it stays indoors . Outdoors not so much. Sun, snow, wind, rain does quick a number on veneer , considering the veneer is alot thinner than actual brick and stone . If done properly a brick structure should last minimum of 20 years without seeing the first signs of joint degradation . Usually starts on the north and west sides of the structure. We can’t really say how long veneer will last since it’s pretty new but that one depends of the manufacture warranty also . Couldn’t tell how long it lasts but We can tell you just by weight and density of veneer , it won’t last as long . Stick to real brick and stone is our opinion.
I want to get a retaining wall. What's a good way to hire a good contractor?
Answer: Drive around looking for houses with new retaining walls. Walk to the door and ask them. You can’t trust Homestars reviews. If the home owner was satisfied then they should have a business card of some sort. Or if you want to hire us we have hundreds of referrals, completed projects and we are happy to share addresses and customers with you.